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JOURNAL OF THE SENATE.
Monday, January 14, 2008.
Met at five minutes past eleven o’clock A.M. (Mr. Petruccelli in the Chair).
The Chair (Mr. Petruccelli), members, guests and employees then recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
PAPERS FROM THE HOUSE.
A message from His Excellency the Governor (under the pro-visions of Section 8 of Article LXXXIX of the Amendments to the Constitution) recommending legislation relative to authorizing the town of Arlington to establish a special account for maintenance of its town water bodies (House, No. 4471),— was referred, in concurrence, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
The following petitions, having been transmitted by the Secretary of the Commonwealth to the Clerk of the House of Representatives as required by Article XLVIII of the Amendments to the Constitution, and having been received in the Office of the Clerk of the House on Tuesday January 8, 2008, were referred, in concurrence, as follows:
Initiative petition of Nehobe Kristine Acevedo and others for the passage of “An Act to protect greyhounds” (House, No. 4470);
To the committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
Initiative petition of Thomas R. Kiley and others for the passage of “An Act establishing a sensible marihuana policy for the Commonwealth” (House, No. 4468);
To the committee on the Judiciary.
Initiative petition of Carla A. Howell and others for the passage of “An Act small government act to end the income tax” (House, No. 4469);
To the committee on Revenue.
A Bill establishing a sick leave bank for Matthew Charleson, an employee of the Department of Correction (House, No. 4436,— on petition),— was read and, under Senate Rule 27, referred to the committee on Ways and Means.
Relative to water betterment in the town of Brewster (House, No. 3955,— on petition) [Local approval received]; and
Relative to the town of Tisbury (House, No. 4194,— on petition) [Local approval received];
Were severally read and, under Senate Rule 26, placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session.
A report of the committee on Labor and Workforce Development, asking to be discharged from further consideration of the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1852) of David B. Sullivan and others relative to further regulating the location of exits in sports complexes, and recommending that the same be referred to the committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security,— was considered forthwith, under Senate Rule 36, and accepted, in concurrence.
The Clerk read the following communication:
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053
January 10, 2008.
William Welch, Clerk
Massachusetts State Senate
State House, Room 334
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Mr. Clerk:
On January 2, 2008 I was away from the State House and unable to participate in several roll call votes. Had I been present, I would have voted in the following manner:
1. Yes, H. 4342, An Act Authorizing The Sale Of A Certain Parcel Of Land In The City Of Waltham To Said City.
2. Yes, H. 4384, An Act Releasing Certain Land in the Town of Reading From The Operation of a Restriction on Land.
3. No, Amendment #1 relative to S. 2456, An Act Providing For Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
4. No, Amendment #2 relative to S. 2456, An Act Providing For Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
I respectfully request that a copy of this letter be printed in the Senate Journal as part of the official record for January 2, 2008. Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.
ANTHONY D. GALLUCCIO,
Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex District.
On motion of Mr. Tarr, the above communication was ordered printed in the Journal of the Senate.
PAPER FROM THE HOUSE.
A petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4474) of Denis E. Guyer and Stephen Stat Smith relative to conveying land from the town of Plainfield to the Plainfield Congregational Church,— was referred, in concurrence, under suspension of Joint Rule 7B, to the committee on Municipalities and Regional Government.
Matter Taken Out of the Orders of the Day.
There being no objection, the following matter was taken out of the Orders of the Day and considered as follows:
The House Bill authorizing the city of Easthampton to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (House, No. 4176) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading),— was read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
Report of a Committee.
Mr. Downing, for the committee on Ethics and Rules, reported that the following matter be placed in the Orders of the Day for the next session:
The House Bill relative to the South Essex Sewage District (House, No. 4258).
There being no objection, the rules were suspended, on motion of Mr. Tarr, and the bill was read a second time, ordered to a third reading, read a third time and passed to be engrossed, in concurrence, its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to read as follows: “An Act further regulating the membership of the South Essex Sewerage Board.”
On motion of Mr. Tarr,—
Ordered, That when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M., and that the Clerk be directed to dispense with the printing of a calendar.
Adjournment in Memory of James Davin, Jr.
The Senator from Plymouth and Norfolk, Mr. Hedlund, requested that when the Senate adjourns today, it adjourn in memory of James Davin, Jr. of South Weymouth, Massachusetts, who passed away on December 23, 2007.
James Davin, Jr. of South Weymouth was a long time employee of the company who was the legislative printer for many years. Jim worked in conjunction with both the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Clerk of the Senate for over thirty years as a proofreader making sure that the Senate and House Journals and Calendars and Senate and House bills were printed and available when needed. Many times that meant working all night. He will be greatly missed by Weymouth and the entire State House community and in particular by the Senate and House Clerks’ offices.
Accordingly, as a mark of respect to the memory of James Davin, Jr., at ten minutes past eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Tarr, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Wednesday next at eleven o’clock A.M.